>Earlier this year Middle School students decided to campaign for funds to benefit Doernbecher's Children's Hospital - with the official kick-off happening this week kids are gearing up for a number of events
Once the students at Crook County Middle School were introduced to the work of Doernbecher's Children's Hospital, they wanted to learn how they could help make a difference.
   "We were asked by the high school if we would like to help out this year with their Doernbecher fundraiser," explained CCMS Leadership Advisor Cathy Brock. "The concept that they are here to serve people for free if they don't have the resources or finances to pay, really struck a cord with the kids, and they thought that was pretty awesome. So, when I told them what Doernbecher's was about they were all over it and wanted to know what we could do to help."
   Doernbecher, founded in 1926, strives to provides the best available medical care to children in Oregon and Southwest Washington, without regard of the family's ability to pay. Children from every county in Oregon and Southwest Washington, as well as a few from Northern California, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii and Montana, seek care at Doernbecher's every year. Last year, more than 100,000 visits were made by about 30,000 children.
   In addition to offering medical care for Oregon's children, Doernbecher has also played a key role in advancing pediatric care on a national level.
   The middle school leadership group started in January organizing the events leading up to this week's official kick-off of the Doernbecher fundraiser. The push for donations will be held both inside the school walls and out in the community in a variety of novel as well as traditional fundraising events.
   One can tell by the creative fundraising tactics, that this is not a novice group of fund raisers - these kids know how to raise awareness, get people involved and have fun at the same time. This week's in-school kick-off will happen in the form of an assembly where the male teachers with the `winning' hairy legs will perform a shaving contest. And, if kids can raise enough change, the principal will get taped to the wall with duct tape.
   Starting mid-April students will be holding events in the community leading up to a grand finale golf tournament on April 21.
   Brock indicated that plans are in place and students are signing up to help out during a day-long fundraiser involving a car wash, hot dog stand, garage sale and a bottle and can drive.
   It all happens on Saturday, April 14, and it should look a bit like this: Community members will load up their trunks with all those cans and bottles that have been building up over the long winter months, and plan to take the rig down to the parking lot of Community First Bank for a good scrubbing on Saturday morning. Then, drive by Sentry Supermarket and drop off the cans and bottles for students waiting there. Now it's just a quick hop over to Electric Beach to attend the garage sale happening there and find a few treasures. Wrap the whole day up with a swing back by Community First Bank for a tasty hot dog and pop for lunch. The whole series of events takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
   On the following Saturday, April 21 from 2 p.m. to dark a nine hole, 4-man scramble at Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville is scheduled. Cost is only $120 per team, which includes a barbecue and entertainment following the tournament by Alan Byer. There will be lots of chances to win prizes and have some fun at the same time during this event.
   Brock indicated that they are accepting donations of quality garage sale items for the garage sale on April 14.
   Anyone interested in making a donation or for more information about the golf tournament or other events, contact Brock at 447-6283, ext. 210.
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